How Quickly She Disappears (Hardcover)
Strong character development with a plot etched in mystery elements, thrillers and family relationships, this one will keep you up at night frantically turning pages. Period details from the 1940's and set in the unforgiving Alaskan wilderness prior to the discovery of oil, this creepy tale is about sisters, family, love and sacrifice and through it all, the harsh realities of nature. Be warned -- you will be "talking" with one of the characters trying to steer her one way. - Maureen— From Staff Picks by Maureen
The Dry meets The Silence of the Lambs in this intoxicating tale of literary suspense, set in the relentless Alaskan landscape, about madness and obsession, loneliness and grief, and the ferocious bonds of family....
My proposition is very simple: I am going to ask you for three gifts, and for each gift you deliver, I will take you one step closer to Jacqueline.
It's been twenty years since Elisabeth watched her twin sister, Jacqueline, disappear without a trace. Now thirty-year-old Elisabeth is living far from home in a small Alaskan town. She's in a loveless marriage and has a precocious young daughter she loves more than anything but who reminds her too much of her long-missing sister.
Elisabeth's loneliness--and guilt--grows more unbearable each day. But through it all, she clings to the impossible belief that her sister is still alive and that they'll be reunited.
But then Alfred, a dangerous stranger with a plan of his own, arrives in town and commits an inexplicable act of violence. And he offers a startling revelation: He knows exactly what happened to Elisabeth's sister, but he'll reveal this truth only if Elisabeth fulfills three requests.
Increasingly isolated from her neighbors and imprisoned by the bitter cold and her own obsession, Elisabeth can almost hear her sister's voice saying, Come and get me. And so she will, even if it means putting herself--and her family--in danger.
About the Author
Raymond Fleischmann received his MFA from Ohio State University, and his work has appeared in The Iowa Review, River Styx, and The Los Angeles Review. He lives in Indiana with his wife and three daughters.
Praise for How Quickly She Disappears:
“Raymond Fleischmann has blessed us with the rarest of gifts, a novel paced like a thriller but written with the aching grace of literary fiction. A gorgeously dark, harrowing debut.”— Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Lock Every Door
“Fleischmann has written a riveting and addictive debut. This novel disturbed me and terrified me, and yet I could not turn the pages fast enough. The writing is flawless, the story haunting, and one that will stay with me for a very long time.”—national bestselling author Diane Les Becquets
"Raymond Fleischmann is going to be one of the buzz names for the new year...A beautiful blend of high tension and literary elegance, both deeply moving and immediately engaging. The last pages left me impatiently waiting for Fleischmann's next."--Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of How It Happened
“A masterful psychological thriller that, like the best of the genre, rests squarely on richly developed characters with complicated, sometimes malignant, motivations. It asks a deceptively simple question: what lines would we cross, what sacrifices would we make, to save the ones we love? The answers are as troubling as they are honest, yet this is also a story of forgiveness, hope, and deep empathy. What a wonderful debut, from a gifted new writer."—Heather Young, author of the Edgar Award finalist The Lost Girls
"An utterly absorbing period saga--an epic stranger-comes-to-town mystery that reads as intimate as gossip. Fleischmann, a masterful novelist from the stylistic school of Alice Munro and William Trevor, has written a graceful, daring, deathless story."—Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus
"Raymond Fleischmann has crafted a novel of the highest suspense. When you read How Quickly They Disappear, you'll mourn how quickly the pages go by until you're left at the end with your heart in your throat. This fast-paced book took hold of me from the start and wouldn't let go."—Lee Martin, author of the Pulitzer Prize Finalist The Bright Forever
“How Quickly She Disappears enthralls from the first page to the last. It's both a gripping, cinematic mystery and a powerful exploration of the way that loss and longing tip into obsession.”—Lydia Fitzpatrick, author of Lights All Night Long
"A novel of exquisite suspense—exhilarating as a winter storm, with glittering prose and characters both haunted and haunting. I whirled through this book, and the final chapters left me breathless with terror and hope."—Miciah Bay Gault, author of Goodnight Stranger
Today's fiction, tomorrow's reality. Normal California life turns into a war-zone when the taps are turned off and Alyssa's family is torn apart by thirst as the world dries up around her. A gripping read from start to finish that hits close to home. I read it all in one night. Recommended for strong readers ages 13+. A great book to discuss in a classroom or book club. I have never been more grateful for my water bottle next to me. - Reviewed by Jessica